Ask the Dog Guide: The Picky Eater

November 14th, 2007 by Dan

Question: My dog is a very picky eater what can I do to break him from that other than starving him?

Answer: We would never recommend starving your pup! We understand how frustrating it can be to have a finicky canine friend and will do our best to help you with the issue you are having. The first thing you want to do is make sure your dog is completely healthy. Bring him to the vet and get him a complete physical so you can determine that this is indeed a behavioral issue and not a health issue. Next choose a high quality (meat as the first ingredient with no corn, wheat or soy as fillers – though we raw feed our dogs) dog food and set up a feeding schedule of at least 2 if not 3 meals per day. At meal time offer your dog the proper amount of food for his size and give him 10 to 15 minutes to consume his food. If he does not eat it, take it away and save it to the next meal. Do not give him any snacks or treats in between. Please believe us that in doing so, your dog is not going to starve in a day. He will however catch on that when he is offered his meal at the next scheduled feeding time or the one after that, it may be a good choice to eat it (or at least a bit of it!) Do not change the brand of food in the middle of this process. Dogs are creatures of habit and he needs to understand the new cycle of “we eat on this schedule and if we don’t it disappears”.

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